The Examiner

She tried to take a year off from music to work as a high school teacher, but the teaching only inspired her to write an entire new album, then successfully run a fan funding campaign and record it.

"During that year, I also wrote a score for a film, and many other songs and music projects,” notes acclaimed indie folk-pop singer-songwriter Adrienne Pierce, concluding, “Sometimes you don't get to decide to take a year off from something like music.”

The album, My Heavens, came out last month. Her fourth, it followed her 2010 albumOh Deer, as well as six EPs and two singles; her songs have been heard on dozens of movies and TV shows including Grey's Anatomy and Veronica Mars, and she has showcased everywhere from Lilith Fair to South By Southwest and The Toronto International Film Festival while touring with the likes of Ray LaMontagne, Damien Rice and Jane Siberry, who took her under her wing and brought her along as opener/merch person on several major tours.

After releasing Oh Deer, the native Canadian toured extensively in 2011 before deciding to take a break.

“I thought I’d take a year off because I wasn’t ready for the next album, and people were saying, ‘You’d be a great teacher,’” Pierce recalls. “I never taught before, but I thought, ‘That sounds fun and interesting, I’ll try that.’ I had the opportunity to teach art at a cool alternative one-on-one school and knew it would take a lot of my time being a first-time teacher, but music kept coming.”

She started teaching art, along with history and English, in December, 2011, at Fusion Academy in Pasadena.

“I loved it, but because of the subjects, I got really inspired with interesting song ideas and was writing tons of songs, in a concentrated way, on weekends,” she says. “I spent all my time during breaks doing music obsessively—more focused and specific about what I wanted to do. Then out of the blue I got asked to write the score for a film [the rom-com Wedding Chapel], and other music projects. So even though I was taking a year off from music, I was more involved with it than ever.”

Her single from last year, “It's Your Day,” was placed in international commercials for Fiat Linea and Assam Milk Tea, and she began recording My Heavens sporadically in Pasadena with her husband and co-producer Ari Shine, an Americana singer-songwriter who also played most of the instruments and taught recording arts at the same school. Then both were asked to help open a Fusion Academy in Long Island, and they moved to New York last August, recording vocals and mixing in the aftermath of Hurricane Sandy.

“It was supposed to be mixed during the week that we had no power and I think that affected the final mixes in a positive way--because we were so thankful to be back in the studio with heat and electricity!” Pierce says.

And whereas Oh Deer reflected many years of life in the Los Angeles area (“All this stuff was thrown in: birds in trees and parrots outside in Pasadena!”), My Heavens took less time, and was inspired by “Buddy Holly, old country music, girl groups from the 1950’s and 60’s, Peter Gabriel, Ryan Adams and the stars--the ones in the sky.”

“I made a record a while back with producer Jeff Trott [her second album Faultline] and we talked about girl groups, and ‘Leader Of The Pack’ slightly influenced my [My Heavens] song ‘If Ever,’” she says. “I just loved the sound of it, and the over-dramatic yet conversational tone, and the talking in it and addressing the audience.”

As for the school-teaching influence, she cites “Like Minds" as being inspired by topics covered in her world history and art history classes, including world religions and conceptions of the afterlife.

“Some deal more personally with one student, when they bring up a lot of issues,” she says. “Like ‘Let It Go,’ which is about letting things go and accepting things the way they are.”

She further notes “Castle Green,” a song “inspired by a beautiful old building in Pasadena that was rumored to be haunted,” and the album-closing a cappella "No Words," “a tribute to my friend and collaborator John O'Brien, who died suddenly in 2011. I tried to write a song that he would appreciate, and couldn’t bring myself to add instruments after writing the words and melody: I felt like he would have added the music if he had lived.”

My Heavens was fan-funded through Pledge Music, and self-released on Insectgirl Records.

“I have a song on my first album, Small Fires, called ‘Insectgirl,’” Pierce explains. “It is kind of a superhero underdog song, about people seeing insects--or people--as small and insignificant and yet they have been here longer than us and will be here after us and they can do amazing things. It is about feeling like people are looking down on you or thinking you are not good enough but also knowing that you will continue doing what you do no matter what. So it was this crazy song I wrote that people really liked and then I named my label after it!”

My Heavens also features stunning front and back cover paintings by artist Tricia Scott, whom Pierce found through the Etsy commerce website.

“I was originally going to use the back cover--The Huntress--as the front but then fell in love with the Jacob's Ladder painting,” she says. “I love how the two girls, who may actually be two sides of the same person, are creating their own universe.”

Pierce and Shine are now out touring North America in support of My Heavens, with Shine doing his own set in addition to supporting his wife on guitar.

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Your music has such a charming meets cutting edgy style, was this style fostered/molded at a young age?

Well, thank you. I have always had pretty eclectic taste in music and I guess my style is the result of that. I used to listen obsessively to The Mercury Songbook, which is 100 Jazz Vocal Classics. I also listened to Brave New Waves on CBC Radio, which profiled indie and alternative music. At the same time I listened to artists like Steve Earle and Stevie Wonder as well as the hits on commercial radio stations. So it is all kind of mixed up in there.

Hailing from Vancouver and traveling around the world; how is this reflective in your music?

I find that almost every time I travel I learn new things, get inspired and gain some perspective on my life and the place where I am living. I write a lot of songs when I am traveling or just after trips. I have written lyrics to songs in museums, on planes and on trains.

Your most recent album ‘My Heavens’ is addictive! 33 minutes of weighted confessions and vivid reflections you enable us listeners to revel in your wondrous tracks, what inspired this album?

Thanks very much. I love that you said “vivid reflections”. I do try to paint pictures when I write. Sometimes it works out well. The title track of this album, which was the first one I wrote for the album, was written after visiting Griffith Observatory in Los Angeles. A very cool, possibly haunted, building in Pasadena, CA called Castle Green inspired another song. There is a song on my last album (Oh Deer) called “Let’s Pretend” and I think in a way that song was the jumping off point for this album. I had been listening to girls groups from the 50′s and 60′s as well as country music from that same time and the songs definitely influenced the writing and recording of My Heavens.

Can you enlighten our readers with Adrienne Pierce words to live by?

My words to live by seem to change depending on what is going on in my life. ‘Let It Go’ which is the name of one of the songs on My Heavens is pretty good advice for me remember. I was going to call the song “Note To Self”. Here are some words to live by from someone much smarter and funnier than me:

 ”The dictionary is the only place where success comes before work.” ~ Mark Twain

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Riveting Riffs Magazine

It was about five years ago in the West Coast Canadian city of Vancouver that we first met Adrienne Pierce who was opening that night for Jane Siberry, who has since renamed herself Issa.  Although, the audience that night had come mostly to see Issa they had completely embraced Adrienne Pierce by the time she had completed her solo set, accompanying herself on guitar.  Over the years Ms. Pierce has firmly established herself as a good songwriter whose melodies and lyrics flow more like well written poetry that is further enhanced by her ethereal soprano vocals.  If you are looking for a genre label, something for which this magazine has little regard, Adrienne Pierce could best be described as soft Pop.

Adrienne Pierce is back with a brand new album My Heavens and she wrote the music and lyrics for six of the ten songs and collaborated with her hubby musician / songwriter Air Shine on the title song “My Heavens,” “Oh Well,” our favorite tune “If Ever,” and “Something Silly.”  The duo also self-produced, recorded and mixed the record.

If commercial radio was not mostly driven by money instead of good taste “If Ever,” would be a chart stopper. This is the best song that Adrienne Pierce (in collaboration with Ari Shine) has ever written or recorded. Nicholas Allen Johns’ accompaniment on keys is marvelous and his drumming adds another layer. The arrangement and the orchestration are simple but pretty and Adrienne Pierce has never sung better than she sings “If Ever.”  This is a song about a relationship, but it is more than that, it is about two people who are forever connected, even though things seem to be coming to an end. It is about a person who beats themselves up emotionally and they feel inadequate, yet the person who loves them says if only you could see yourself as I see you, and then “If ever you need some understanding / I’ll be standing by / To guide you to a softer landing / At least you know I tried.” This however, is not a song about a woman pining away waiting for him to return evidenced by the words “…but I’m not going to crawl.”

Oh yes while we are salivating over the song “If Ever,” let’s not forget there are plenty of other good songs on My Heavens.

We really like both the song order and rhythm of “Hard Headed Heart,” a quicker tempo fun song that takes a look at all the things we act out or think about doing when we are crushing on someone or in love and the other person walks away. The song is open to interpretation on a number of levels. This is a women bonding song, not necessarily by intent, but we think that it will be and we envision Adrienne Pierce’s female fans singing along with her at her concerts.

“Let It Go,” is chalk full of good advice about how to deal with anger. Adrienne Pierce has always been a writer who writes about everyday experiences and emotions that people go through. She never does so in a manner that is depressing, as she almost appears to approach her music with a childlike innocence. Ari Shine’s acoustic guitar work is stellar and he has a beautiful solo about the mid-point of the song. The strings arrangement completes another pretty tapestry on an album of beautiful songs.

Ari Shine plays the Rhodes piano on “Oh Well,” a song about meaning what we say and then keeping our end of the bargain. There are so many wonderful layers to the songs on My Heavens and Mr. Shine and Ms. Pierce have done a splendid job with this album. The album closes with the a cappella “No Words.”

Reviewed by Joe Montague

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“My Heavens”

You may have heard Vancouver, British Columbia, native Adrienne Pierce on one of several television shows’ soundtracks, including “Grey’s Anatomy,” “Veronica Mars,” “The L Word” and “The Hills.”

Pierce, who now lives in Los Angeles with her husband and musical collaborator Ari Shine, is sometimes branded as a folk artist. But her voice, gentle and winsome in a good girlish way that is irony-free and truly sweet, is reminiscent of Edie Brickell in sound quality, and Leslie Gore in sassiness. “My Heavens” is her fourth full-length album.

Pierce wrote all of the material on the record, either single-handedly or with Shine. Shine, whose own “Songs of Solomon” made the 2013 Grammy ballot for Americana Album of the Year, plays most of the instrumentation on the record, including guitars and strings. The two are also musically augmented on several cuts by Nicholas Allen Johns on orchestra bells, drums and keys.

Pierce and Shine also produced and mixed the album, and it was mastered with an expert hand by Marco Ramirez at Sonic Ranch, near El Paso, Texas, the go-to studio these days for rich vintage sound.

Very simply, the material, the sound, and the subjects of the songs make this a highly listenable album. The songs have a genuine sweetness about them, courtesy of Pierce’s pleasing, girlish vocals; Shine’s and Johns’ unobtrusive instrumentation; and Ramirez’s dreamlike mix.

Pierce is a capable songsmith. Right off the bat, the opener and title cut, accented by Johns’ orchestra bells, grabs your imagination. It has a smoky rhythm that would be perfect to do The Stroll to.

The alliterative “Hard Headed Heart” is a love song with genuine pop sparkle. It would be no surprise if it were to find its way to another TV drama soundtrack. The breakup tune “If Ever” sounds like the velvety first layer of a Phil Spector production, full of echo and pushed along by rippling “Be-My-Baby”-style drum rolls, and strings, all well-framing Pierce’s easy vocal delivery.

The album closer, an a cappella song of grief, “No Words,” features Pierce’s gentle voice overdubbed and singing harmony with itself, to aching, heartbreaking effect: “What do I know, maybe there’s some bigger plan/ They say the good die young, and there’s no better man/ Oh, oh, oh, feels like the whole word’s crying/ Oh, oh, oh, can’t stop — but we’re not trying/ There are, there are no words ...”

If you like your pop introspective and dreamy, “Pierce’s “My Heavens” would go well with a country drive on a rainy spring day.

Canadian Musician Magazine

What: Singer/Songwriter

Where: Vancouver


Vancouver’s Adrienne Pierce isn’t exactly a rookie in the music world. The singer-songwriter has toured North America, the UK, and Norway, as well as playing shows at Lilith Fair, SXSW, NXNE, CMW, and the Toronto International Film Festival. She’s also had songs featured on programs such as Grey’s AnatomyVeronica Mars, and a dozen more. Currently residing in California, Pierce is looking to drum up some buzz in support of her most recent release, Oh Deer, released in September 2010.

Pierce’s first proper release was 2004’s Small Fires. Since then, she’s shared her perky brand of singer/songwriter folk over numerous releases, including 2007’s Faultline and a number of EPs and compilation contributions.

Pierce’s songs are accessible and carry a degree of up-tempo indie-pop that fits just as well next to a wood stove during a Canadian winter as it would on a prime time medical drama. It’s that kind of universal appeal that explains how she’s won over critics and fans from various segments of the musical sphere.

Performer Magazine

Pierce-ed through the heart with indie-pop vignettes. Deer, oh, dear!”

Adrienne Pierce Oh Deer! Vancouver, BC Mixed by Dan Burns // Mastered by Dave Collins

Adrienne Pierce, whose work has been featured on the indie-happy soundtracks of recent shows like Veronica Mars, releases her third full-length album - the cutesy, charming, folky indie-pop collection Oh Deer! On the first track, “Amargosa Hotel,” slide guitar is featured to give a dash of alt-country, while the base of the song remains a kind of spacey, reverby folk. “Museum” includes doo-wop backing vocals and sets the tone for a bubblegum (in the sense of a tight, infectiously hook-laden) indie-pop album. The next song, “Monsters,” is standout and could be seen as the Anglophone answer to her fellow twee-poppers and Québec-natives Tricot Machine’s 2007 cut, “Un monstre sous mon lit” (“A Monster Under My Bed”). A time-zone-crossed tale of love mixed with New Year’s Eve/Day, “Three Hours Ago,” follows, and is sung sweetly and tenderly by Pierce. Here, she uses an acoustic-guitar break to reflect on long-distance romance: “I wonder who you really are.” In “Arc de Triomphe,” Pierce plays with the clichés “speaks volumes” and “turn up the volume” to her lyrical benefit. The selection not to miss, however, is the funky “Come Over to My House,” which contains a rap that is quite choicely placed. The last three tunes on the disc are worth a listen as well, especially the bittersweet “Let’s Pretend.” All in all, Pierce builds on her track record of radio and TV friendly fare - that’s to say her music is catchy, lyrically nuanced, and not without its share of earnest moments.

(Insectgirl Records) Andrew Palmacci


It was in 2005 that I heard the American group Shivaree for the first time. One of their most well-known singles, “New Casablanca,” became the song to which I listened the most that year. Well, actually, it was not really the song in itself that haunted me for months, but rather the voice of Ambrosia Parsley. A voice boasting a rare sensuality and smoothness. We are now in 2011 and members of Shivaree disbanded four years ago. But the voice is still alive and well, and has been embodied in a Canadian singer and songwriter called Adrienne Pierce for a while. Many artists spend too much time trying to convince audiences that they are talented. As far as Pierce is concerned, no need to worry; the talent is naturally there. In “Oh Deer,” her third album, she lets it speak through atmospheric tunes that match a beautifully endearing voice and innocent yet poetic lyrics. The 12 songs on the CD were written over several years in Paris, Bologna, Death Valley, Kauai, Vancouver, and Los Angeles. However, listening to them is like taking an imaginary and intimate road trip across Canada. Whether it is the catchy “Guilty of Everything” (my personal favorite), the fanciful “Nightswimming” or the made-for-great-TV-show “Winner Takes It All,” her music spans genres and influences in the same fashion as the country boasts diversity of landscapes, people and cultures. And the more you listen to the album, the more you enjoy what it has to offer. Pierce reminds me of a younger Kate Bush. While very different in styles, the two artists share a creative intelligence that sets them apart from most of their peers. They are not afraid of using their uniqueness to create music that entertains and makes a lasting impression on listeners. “Oh Deer” is everything but mainstream. It is the kind of album that will brighten your Sunday mornings and warm your heart in winter. And that is exactly the reason why it is so good. By Cendrine Marrouat for More about “Oh Deer” Release date: June 2010 Label: Insectgirl Records Produced by: Adrienne Pierce, Ari Shine, Marc Wild Mixed by: Dan Burns Album available for purchase at the following:, Amazon, CDBaby and iTunes. Continue reading on CD review: 'Oh Deer' by Adrienne Pierce - Canada Art Reviews |


Canadian Adrienne Pierce has a very distinct vocal that gets your attention. It's a mesmerizing combination of Edie Brickell and Blossom Dearie that draws you in. She's written music for TV (Grey's Anatomy, Veronica Mars) and this is her third full length album. It's safe to classify her as folk pop, and the opening "Amargosa Hotel" has the guitar twang and dreamy quality often found on Sheryl Crow's work. The same feeling on "Black Sand" carries through, with a catchy beat to contrast her multi-tracking here. The storylike ballads like "Monsters" and "Arc De Triomphe" are soulful and effective. My favorite track though is the bouncy "Guilty of Everything" with a sweet melody and seductive confessions in the lyric.


CD Review Artist: Adrienne Pierce Title: Oh Deer Label: Insectgirl Records Released: June 2010 Reviewed By: Kindah Mardam Bey Oh Deer is Adrienne Pierce’s third studio album. With an already lengthy resume of film and TV credits to her previous albums it isn’t surprising that this entire album could be a soundtrack for any upcoming film or TV show. Some songs are made for soundtracks and with Adrienne Pierce’s almost child-like vocals and arty-pop music beats it is most likely this whole album could be optioned. Such lovely and melodious tracks as “Museum” and “Monsters” take the listener on an introspective journey akin to a reflective walk on an autumn day. Pierce is very talented and managed to cultivate a unique vocal that is instantly distinctive and memorable. Her vocals seem to be a cross between the youthfulness of Cyndi Lauper and the mildly melancholia of Tori Amos. Whether she has a similar style akin to Regina Spektor, Kate Havnevik or Amos, Adrienne Pierce’s songs are delicious to listen to. Adrienne Pierce’s songs are intelligent and her lyrics are particularly affecting, such as on the track “Come Over To My House” which is a sharp social commentary with a fantastic reggae-rap section contributed by Sirah. The tracks on Oh Deer seem effortless even though they took years to create and on multiple continents. Oh Deer feels like a pleasant conversation between two strangers, a momentary flirtation that makes you smile for the rest of the day, a warm cup of tea on a chilly afternoon; a great album to put in your iPod or in your CD player and just sit back and enjoy. Track Listing: 01. Amargosa Hotel 02. Black Sand 03. Museum 04. Monsters 05. Three Hours Ago 06. Arc De Triomphe 07. Nightswimming 08. Guilty of Everything 09. Come Over To My House 10. Winner Takes All 11. Let’s Pretend 12. Telescope Written by : Kindah

The Province

Province Playlist: TV gives Adrienne Pierce her big break BY JOHN P. MCLAUGHLIN, SPECIAL TO THE PROVINCE SEPTEMBER 28, 2010 Adrienne Pierce independently released her third album, Oh Deer. Photograph by: Submitted photo, The Province There are a lot of ways to make money from a song, and West Vancouver's Adrienne Pierce figured out a good one early on: TV. It was all quite simple, really. She would look up the B.C. Director's Guild where it lists all the shows filming around here. The phone number was right there in the listing, so she'd call the production office, ask who was doing the music and could she send some of her work along? Her first big placement was on The Chris Isaak Show, the quirky and cool TV series filmed in Vancouver between 2001 and 2004. It was a hell of a first hit. "That's how I started -- I didn't know anything" says Pierce. "But it worked. And then I met people, got some lucky breaks where you meet somebody. One really nice guy put a lot of my songs in Edgemont and that helped me out a lot in the beginning." Then she signed with the management department at Nettwerk Records and their song-licensing division went hard to work with the rest of Pierce's catalogue. They re-released her first indie album, Small Fires, and her work began appearing on Grey's Anatomy, The Hills, Army Wives, The L Word and lots of other TV shows. Pierce relocated to Los Angeles to further her song-licensing and singer-songwriter career, and there would be two more albums with Nettwerk before they parted ways. It's been quite a meteoric rise, all things considered. She grew up singing around the house, driving family nuts, and took flute in school and learned to play piano. But it wasn't until she graduated in psychology from UBC that she learned to play guitar and quite suddenly started writing songs. She learned three chords, wrote a batch of tunes, learned another chord, wrote a bunch more, and on it went. Incredibly, two years later, she was on the Lilith Fair stage. "I had this friend who was really good and she's the first person who ever let me play somewhere," says Pierce. "She said, 'Come play Girls Rock the Boat in North Vancouver.' And I had some time and she asked if I would drop off her tape at Nettwerk to enter this contest to play Lilith Fair. While I was there, somebody who had seen me play recognized me and said I should drop off my tape, too. I always had them with me. So, lo and behold, they called me and said you're going to be at Lilith Fair this year. It was really shocking." Last week, Adrienne Pierce is independently releasing her third album, Oh Deer, and she'll be at the Media Club tonight ($10 at From that album, today's featured free download on the Province Playlist is "Monsters" "I wrote that so quickly," says Pierce "and I didn't know if it was any good when I was finished but a lot of people reacted really strongly to it. It was something I was experiencing, I had just broken up with someone when I wrote that song. It's about those little voices in your head that are putting you down and telling you things aren't okay. And you wake up in the morning and everything's fine. That you shouldn't listen to those voices if you can avoid it." © Copyright (c) The Province Read more:

The North Shore News

- Adrienne Pierce -- Oh Deer (Insectgirl Records) Rating: 8 (out of 10)

Adrienne Pierce's third full-length album, Oh Deer, shows the singer/songwriter pushing the pop envelope every chance she gets. Form and content are ground zero for further experimentation on the 12-track disc which came out this week in Canada on Insectgirl Records.

Born and raised in West Vancouver, Pierce now splits her time between L.A. and B.C., creating engaging music that comes from all over the map. The new batch of songs were written in Paris, Bologna, Death Valley, Kauai, Vancouver and Los Angeles and recorded in some equally exotic locations: a cabin on the Sunshine Coast, a bungalow in Hollywood as well as two Vancouver studios.

Time and place are important signifiers in Pierce's musical universe where "Monsters," the "Arc de Triomphe" and "Black Sand" all get equal consideration. In true singer/songwriter tradition she lets listeners in on personal experiences filtered through an artistic sensibility that never stops exploring.

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ADRIENNE PIERCE: Oh Deer (Insect Girl)





Pierce started under the influence of Ani Difranco but she has  come into her own. There is still a trace of Difranco's rapid fire half spoken half sung attack in some of her vocals but her winsome voice makes her sound more vulnerable. Sometimes Pierce is jaunty and upbeat ("Museum" is really endearing) and other times  awash in cool effects and rhythms (hear "Black Sand")  but it all adds up to a coherent album whose different approaches puts the listener on edge.  B  TH

Cute, Queer, Canadian Blog

Her sound is a pure bubble of brightness gliding across the serrated edge of her wit and poetic observation.
She is the icon of the literate pop scene and coaxes listeners into vivid reflections on our kaleidoscopic modern life.
In a clear, sweet voice, she traces out a series of weighted confessions, jealousies, apologies, and silent accusations intimate to each of us -- the same network of emotion we levy against the ones we both love and distrust.
I invite listeners to revel in the wonder that is Adrienne Pierce, the go-to girl for a smart shot of catchy-meets-cutting tracks for thoughtful listeners.
It is the sincere pleasure of this blogette here to introduce readers to the complex, clever cutie also known as Adrienne Pierce.
Ms. Pierce hails from the gorgeous Canadian west coast and belongs first and foremost to the indie scene in Vancouver, BC. With a towering selection of recent tour dates and festival slots, it could be argued she is now a global citizen in the most literal sense as she takes to the road for adventure and new geographies to inform her songwriting. Rather than rendering these landscapes into mere replicas, Ms. Pierce transforms their elements into otherworldly expressions of our interior lives and the secrets that rest therein.
In a word, Adrienne Pierce is a storyteller. She augments those difficult, personal admissions with infectious pop melodies and an undercurrent of sly country influences. It takes a rare talent to turn heartbreak into a rousing, sing-to-the-stars track and Ms. Pierce accomplishes it with ease.

For readers unfamiliar with Adrienne Pierce's credits, prepare to bask in her current success and prepare for an even brighter future filled with stunning new projects. Her debut album, Small Fires (2002), was released to great critical acclaim on Canadian soil and, with her follow-up EP, Hors D'Oeuvres (2006), Ms. Pierce found her foothold with the international music scene. Her delicious track, "Lost & Found," won its rightful place on the soundtracks for Veronica Mars and Grey's Anatomy, thus opening her music to a cultured collective of young listeners and music afficionados. Since then, her music has featured prominently on television shows including The HillsArmy WivesGreek, and the ever-infamous drama, The L Word, among others.
As a young musician, Adrienne Pierce was chosen to perform during the iconic Lilith Fairtour and was signed to Nettwerk Records where she produced her second full-length album, Faultline (2007). In the mere span of a decade, Ms. Pierce has conquered the concert halls of Canada, the U.S., and the U.K. with her addictive sound and she has performed at both SXSW and NXNE in addition to Canadian Music Week and Bergenfestin Norway. As for Canadian credits, fans know Adrienne Pierce lent her talents to a reinvented version of Neil Young's track, "Pocahontas," for Borrowed Tunes II: A Tribute to Neil Young (2008) with other Canadian heavyweights ranging from Chantal Kreviazuk andRon Sexsmith to City and Colour and Melissa McClelland.
In recent years, Adrienne Pierce released seasonal delights in the form of two EPs --Winter received great acclaim over the holidays in 2008 and Spring rounded out her success in 2009.
And now, eager listeners can look forward to Oh Deer hitting the e-shelves THIS MONTH.
Since I am such a wondrous blogette, I thought I should treat readers to a sneak peek into the upcoming album. On this Tunes for Tuesdays segment, I would like to celebrate the new release with her all-too-cute video for the first single, "Museum." It is rumoured Ms. Pierce penned this track on the back of a map as she explored the Museum of Natural History in Paris. It has a magical, nostalgic quality to it and, yes, she even taps into the biological history of our dear Earth in order to resonate with her listeners. Darn impressive, if you ask me.

MTV Iggy"Museum" - Adrienne Pierce
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I first heard "Museum" on the first bright, Monday morning of May at 8:15 AM. I was driving in to the office, sailing past some kids out mowing the town's epic stretches of grass. And, with all the dandelions going to seed, the air was filled with soft, white plumes that looked like snow against the hot spring air. I ask you: what better conditions to experience this song than those?
Immediate favourites on Oh Deer include the quirk-filled, sun-drenched groove of "Black Sand," the quiet crush of New Year's Eve dejection in "Three Hours Ago" (in addition to a clever quote of Auld Lang Syne, FTW), and the injected sarcasm in "Winner Takes All." It might be the June 2010 release date speaking, but the summer heat sears through these tracks and promises a thought-provoking soundtrack for road trips to come.
And now, for the teaser -- readers are best advised to tune in this evening for an extra special treat here at Cute, Queer, Canadian. It is bound to blow some socks off (it did for me!) and I am thrilled to showcase it all here.
In the meantime, I suggest clicking over to Adrienne Pierce's MySpace account to get a fix of the new favourite here at Cute, Queer, Canadian.


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Adrienne Pierce: "Oh Deer" (album review)


Once in a while there's a voice that just stops you in your tracks.  It's usually not the most beautiful voice or the most technically perfect, but there's something about it that instantly endears itself to you.  That's what I came across when listening toOh Deer, the forthcoming third full length album from B.C. singer/songwriter Adrienne Pierce.

Pierce's singing is above average.  It's melodic.  But it's the less tangible qualities that make it pop.  She has an uncanny ability to use her voice as a method of conveying the emotion of her song.  The understated, warm, and charming timbre creates an intimacy integral to the power of songs like "Three Hours Ago" or the tender "Telescope".

The innocent-yet-confident sound of a song like "Guilty Of Everything" is woven through the album.  Whether it be the melodic shuffle of "Museum", the orchestral swirl of "Arc de Triomphe", or the jazz-influenced "Come Over To My House", it's impossible to imagine that Pierce is not in the room, performing for you and your friends. 

Add some strong hooks, like those heard on "Winner Takes All", to the mix and you have an artists that is eerily reminiscent of Juliana Hatfield in her prime.

After spending some time with Oh Deer I'm certain that you too will be charmed by Adrienne Pierce.

Best tracks: "Museum", "Winner Takes All"

Track listing for Oh Deer:
  • Amargosa Hotel
  • Black Sand
  • Museum
  • Monsters
  • Three Hours Ago
  • Arc de Triomphe
  • Nightswimming
  • Guilty Of Everything
  • Come Over To My House
  • Winner Takes All
  • Let's Pretend
  • Telescope

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Adrienne Pierce Oh Deer Chances are you’ve probably heard Vancouver-born singer-songwriter Adrienne Pierce before, even if you never knew it. With songs appearing in TV shows like ‘Grey’s Anatomy’ and ‘Veronica Mars’, Pierce has gradually built up a small but loyal following both in her native Canada and internationally. After releasing her second album, 2007’s Faultline, with Nettwerk (the label that launched Sarah McLachlan’s career in the late 1980s), third album Oh Deer arrives on her own Insectgirl Records. With mixing, mastering and manufacturing funded by fan donations, Oh Deer is a lovingly crafted record that does her patrons proud. An invigoratingly strange and unusual collection for the most part, Oh Deer takes the folk-pop singer-songwrither template as the heart of its songs then largely upends it with subtle electronic flourishes and unpredictable arrangements. It’s an album that thrills mostly for its unique sound rather than the writing, and the production is crisp and clear from the outset. ‘Amargosa Hotel’ boasts a wonderfully evocative intro with added light electronic touches as Pierce sings ominously of a “raven’s beak wide open” with a slurred, sexy vocal doused with a healthy dose of reverb. At its core, it’s a sinuous, bluesy opener with an ever-deepening arrangement that takes it into another sphere entirely. Pierce’s voice is soon revealed to be a light, airy instrument that tackles the melody well, and the chorus brings an inspired change of tempo and rhythm. The album’s apparent ethos of taking primarily straightforward songs and crafting unique musical settings around them continues apace with ‘Black Sand’, which takes an off-kilter country/folk-pop melody and pastes it over a quirky rhythmic pattern that almost mirrors a hip hop sensibility. Oh Deer isn’t purely about doing contrary arrangements for the sake of it; the jaunty ‘Museum’ leads us into more standard folk-pop territory with an easygoing melody and straightforward sentiment over an acoustic guitar-led arrangement complete with “ba-da-da” background harmonies. The slower ‘Monsters,’ meanwhile, takes a moment for quiet reflection, as Pierce sings the compassionate lyric, “I want you only to find your way / you sounded so lonely when we spoke today.” Elsewhere, ‘Three Hours Ago’ takes a simple idea as its core and builds a flowery, whimsical structure around it. The odd changes in rhythm, tempo, and melody are all here too, and the latter part of the song even evolves into a largely solo, acoustic bluesy lament before returning to its original setting. The following ‘Arc De Triomphe’ is rather curious, too, grafting an insistent melodic hook (“As it speaks volumes I turn up the volume and drown it out”) onto a weird pseudo-march time drum pattern. After the powerful ‘Nightswimming’ (not an REM cover), there’s no denying that Oh Deer takes a turn toward more conventional fare with a run of more acoustic-based folk pop songs. The melodies are unfailingly pleasant, and the funky ‘Come Over To My House’ even features a completely leftfield rap, but for the most part these songs are decent examples of Pierce doing something in a setting without much studio trickery. However, they don’t necessarily live up to the rest of the songs. The album ends on a comfortingly strange note with ‘Telescope’, which juxtaposes sparse verses with a fuller chorus as Pierce wraps her breathy, reverb-laden vocal around a hypnotic melody. It’s a fitting end to a record that succeeds largely because of its vision and imagination; Pierce challenges both herself and her listeners with some genuinely surprising developments. Not all of it works all of the time, but the ambition and desire to take risks is refreshing, at times recalling fellow Canadian Jane Siberry (with whom Pierce toured in 2008). Oh Deer offers no apologies, serving notice that Adrienne Pierce is still most definitely one to watch. [Insectgirl; April 5, 2010] Digg this! Post this to MySpace Share this on Facebook Tweet This! Email this to a friend? Written by: Matt Barton Tags: adrienne pierce, oh deer This entry was posted on Wednesday, April 7th, 2010 at 10:23 am and is filed under albums & EPs, reviews. You can follow any responses to this entry through the RSS 2.0 feed. You can leave a response, or trackback from your own site.

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Today's Indie Artist Suggestion: Adrienne Pierce Posted at 02:40 PM on March 04, 2010 Hear Adrienne online today on our "Seize The Day" show (5 PM EST, 2 PM PST) at If Adrienne's voice and songs sound familiar, you may have heard her on Grey's Anatomy, Veronica Mars or in the movie Couple's Retreat. This Vancouver transplant to LA writes powerful songs like Sheryl Crow, catchy melodies similar to Marie Digby or Kate Voegele with a a sprinke of Indie quirkiness. Her vocals are reminiscent of Leigh Nash or The Sundays. She has toured internationally and is constantly releasing new material, so go to her website to take a listen.